ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER GALA
February 6 · John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts
BY DONNA SHOR PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON AND VIVIAN RONAY
THE EVENT: An opening night performance by the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance troupe, followed by dinner and dancing. Proceeds funded the company's D.C. outreach programs and will provide scholarships for talented dancers to a end the Ailey School in New York.
THE SCENE: The seasoned dancers put on a stunning show for an enthusiastic crowd and were true to their "do-or-die" dance style from the night's fi rst work, The River - a jazz ballet from the 1970 collaboration of Washington's Duke Ellington and the late Alvin Ailey - through Twyla Tharp's athletic whirlwind, The Golden Section, to the gentler, spiritual selections of Revelations. FedEx executive Gina Davis neatly summed it up as "A creative mix of new and old that came together as both artistic and inspirational."
THE GUESTS: Co-chairs Carolyn Brody, Debra Lee and Beatrice Welters, Michelle and Mayor Adrian Fenty, Marian Wright Edelman, CEO of Southern Company David Ratcliff e, Kay Kendall, Michael Kahn, Gwen Ifi ll and Alexine and Aaron Jackson.